Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fixing Lolo's House - Part 3, The Walls Begin to Rise

Despite the fact that our promised "steady stream of funds" for house building has turned into an intermittent trickle, the walls have begun to rise on the rebuilt version of Lolo's house.

The following pics have been taken by different folks using different cameras, so they are out of sequence, but we wanted to include all of them to give you an idea of how construction of a house proceeds in the provinces of the Philippines.

The interesting thing, to me at least, is how solidly built this house is, with the first row of cement blocks being placed well under ground, the corners reinforced, and lots and lots of rebar being used everywhere.

The walls go up

Everything is done by hand!

Papa's rooster must inspect the work!

The rooster approves!

Rows of blocks laid underground

I'm sure Dodot wonders if the house will ever be finished!

Dodot in front of what will be his house

Building materials

Some more pics showing how the "foundation blocks" are underground:

The first row of blocks placed underground

The walls are getting higher.

... and higher!!

A reinforced corner

While the work goes on, Sweetie's sister and her family continue to live in the "chicken coop".

Home sweet chicken coop!

We can't wait to see what this house will look like once it is complete!  Hopefully the funds to construct it will continue to flow, although Old Grump didn't help the project any by recently choosing to "retire"!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fixing Lolo's House - Part 2, Construction Begins

With the old house now demolished and out of the way, construction can begin on the new house.

First a secure foundation needs to be laid:

Rebar will make the house sturdy

The majority of the work was done by hand.

Mixing concrete by hand

Mix that concrete!!

The "chicken coop" where Sweetie's sister and her family were living during the construction was not totally horrid, as you can see.  (In the pic is a neighbor girl.)

Lots of rebar should help make this house very sturdy.

Hooray for rebar!

We love rebar!

We quickly ran out of materials, and had to order some more.

More Gravel!

Things are going well, so far.  We just hope we don't run out of money before the house is complete!